AudioCD Player Dockling 1.2.0 is a new version of the free dockling for playing audio CDs directly from the dock in Mac OS X. Version 1.2.0 adds CDDB protocol support, support for multiple drives, improved AutoPlay, rearranged controls for quicker access, and system-friendly access to CDs.
Entourage Email Archive 1.5b1 is a new version of the $15 utility for archiving emails and attachments in Microsoft Entourage. Version 1.5b1 now detects the class of email (incoming or outgoing) and handles the received/sent date automatically and adds additional improvements and fixes relating to FileMaker Pro integration.
Contributing Editor Chris Barylick believes that the transition to Mac OS X can be an awkward time for the platform and its users, but it can become an easier migration with help from a long-time staple of the Mac community.
MindVision Software has released Installer VISE 7.3, a new version of its installer software for developers that brings expanded options for installations on Mac OS X. Version 7.3 adds the ability to install files to both Mac OS X and its Classic environment, enhanced user authentication, and gestalts for checking user privledges and other settings in Mac OS X.
QuickSilver Software has unveiled a web site devoted to releasing new information, screenshots, ship renders, and other materials for Master of Orion III. The game, which is being shown in MacSoft\'s booth at E3, is expected to be released in early 2002.
Deep Sky Technologies has released SMTP Deux 1.0.0.b01, a 4D component that adds support for the SMTP protocol from directly within 4D. SMTP Deux runs on top of Deek Sky\'s TCP Deux 4D component, which is also currently in beta.
Blizzard Entertainment has released an E3 2001 Cinematic Trailer for its upcoming Mac/PC role-playing strategy game, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos. The trailer is in Bink format and requires the Bink Player to be viewed on the Mac.
PocketDock 2.1 is a new version of the $20 utility for Mac OS X to organize and launch applications, documents, web links, and e-mail addresses. Version 2.1 adds support for moving and copying files from within PocketDock and between PocketDock and the Finder, placement of links from PocketDock onto the Dock, drop launching of documents from the Finder onto PocketDock application links, drop launching of PocketDock file links on applications in the Finder and the Dock, and other improvements, performance enhancements, and bug fixes. [form]
Architosh reports on 3D creation software Blender coming to Mac OS X in Q3 2001 and instructions for running Radiance on Mac OS X.
Apple has selected The Omni Group to showcase three of its high-profile gamesóHeavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2, Oni, and Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Forceórunning on Mac OS X at next week\'s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA. The games will be displayed on 733 MHz G4s with NVIDIA\'s GeForce2 and GeForce3, ATI\'s Radeon, Logitech\'s MouseMan Wheel Optical mouse, and Harman Kardon\'s SoundSticks and iSub. The entire Omni Engineering staff will be on hand to answer questions about games, Cocoa, and porting applications to Mac OS X.
SockhoStockWatcher 1.0 is a new, free stock watching application for Mac OS X.
Newsflash 1.0a7 is a \"simple to use but powerful MacOS X Usenet (NNTP) newsreader with a non-blocking Aqua GUI, article threading and multi- server support. Newsflash is 100% native Objective-C and COCOA and is currently in the alpha stage.\"
Blizzard Entertainment plans to release Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the expansion set to its wildly successful action/role-playing game Diablo II, in late June as a hybrid (Mac/PC) CD, according to IMG.
UserLand has released a beta of Frontier 7 and Manila for Mac OS X, a scalable Web content management system that enables end-user content management through a simple browser interface. With this release of Manila, UserLand also brings support for the next generation Internet standards SOAP, XML-RPC, and RSS to the Mac platform.
Entries are now being accepted for the 4th Annual Macworld Expo Digital Art Contest. An independent panel of judges from the digital art community will review the entries and choose 30 images from \"Student\" and \"Non-Student\" categories to be included in a special Macworld Expo Digital Art Gallery, which will premiere at this summer\'s Macworld Expo New York and travel across the country as an exhibition to art galleries, universities, and Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002. The deadline to enter is June 1, 2001.
Click & Create with Mia, designed for children 5 and older, is a self-contained CD-ROM art studio that combines computer-based activities with hands-on pursuits utilizing pre-cut shapes and other (included) art materials. It is scheduled to ship in the third quarter for $25.
MacHack, the annual conference for leading edge developers, has filled the available openings for free student registrations. However, students interested in attending the event in Dearborn, MI can volunteer to help with behind-the-scenes operation of the event and gain free admission. More information on volunteering for the event is available by e-mailing email@example.com. MacHack 2001 begins on June 21, 2001 and runs for 72 hours non-stop.
Fraser Speirs\'s RSIDock 1.2, a rest-reminder docklet for OS X, adds the ability to choose a dialog box or flashing icon alerts, an optional \'Rest Now\' option to start rest period early, a countdown timer on rest screen, and ability to exit a rest period early.
Package Tracker 3.2 adds several new features to the package management system, including address validation, a UPS rate calculator, HTTP proxy support under OS X, and other OS X enhancements.
Fontosaurus has added three new fonts: Ebola Jones, Insatiable, and Spring Break.
Ben Bird has released BTV 5 and BTV Pro 5, new versions of the video capture software. BTV Pro also offers the capability to edit video and create animations. The new versions offer improved image and video capture, shortcut keys, AppleScript enhancements, and more. BTV 5 and BTV Pro 5 sell for $20 and $35, respectively.
SierraMaps has begun selling a Gimp 1.2.1 for Mac OS X CD for $25 that installs the software without any user input. For more information on compiling and running the Gimp under OS X, see MacGimp.org.
ecOrganizer 1.1 is an update to the $200 workgroup organizer, contact, and project management application. Version 1.1 includes the ability to add FileMaker solutions.
A CBS Marketwatch article weighs the pros and cons of Apple\'s retail strategy.
Reseller Power 3.4 is an integrated database system for small businesses that can perform a number of tasks, including quoting, order entry, purchase order, prospect list management, and more. Pricing begins at $1,000 for a single license and ranges up to $5,200 for a network license. [demo]
The Diablo II v1.06b upgrade patch, available from Battle.net, fixes a bug that prevented saving for Open Battle.Net characters and one that allowed players to crash each other by spamming them, as well as improvements to copy-protection for various CD, DVD and CD-R drives. Additionally, Blizzard has released the 1.08 update for Starcraft/Broodwar, although it\'s not yet available as a stand-alone download. [updated]
Yesterday Westlake Interactive made several important announcements regarding its upcoming Mac games. Other reports included a first in-game look at Myth III: The Wolf Age, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen\'s ship date, Logitech\'s new gaming peripherals, the Evolution NeckPhone wireless MP3 player, Disney\'s nine new Mac games, Mia: Just in Time!, an iBook touch-screen device, and Steinberg\'s Nuendo for the Mac. Software releases included Resorcerer 2.4, VirusBarrier 1.6, and BBEdit 6.1.2.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for ‚ā¨30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives